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Philadelphia Family Photography • What to and not to Wear!

Its that time of year again!!! Family photos and what to wear is the dilemma du jour!

  • Textures and layers always look nice and add depth and detail to the photo.  Knits, scarves and sweaters for the fall and winter portraits are great on camera!
  • Solids colors are best.  Busy, loud patterns or logos will draw too much attention in your photos, so solids are always a safe bet!
  • Avoid clothes with fine, repetitive lines typically found on men’s dress shirts or suits.  These detailed lines can be difficult for the camera to register and may appear as wavy lines instead.  
  • Avoid wearing loud or fluorescent colors since it can be distracting when looking at a photos and the colors can reflect on your face.  So, unless you want to be bright orange, it’s best to stay away from fluorescents.
  • IRON your wardrobe!  I can’t stress this enough.  Every detail will show up in your portraits, so be sure to iron out any wrinkles, remove lint and loose threads.
  • Don’t over-do accessories.  
  • If you wear eye glasses all the time, feel free to bring them, but if you can do without your glasses or have contact lenses, this is a better option.  Eyeglasses can cause a reflection of light or objects.
  • Everyone should dress in a similar-style, for example:  All casual or all formal.  Even the shoe styles should be consistent.  In other words, don’t have some family members with closed-toed shoes and others with flip-flops in the same photo.
  • Shirts and dress colors should be within the same color palette or be complimentary colors, rather than everyone in identical colors. Identical colors tend to look too “matchy”.
  • Pants and skirts can be similar or identical in color, for example:  light denim, dark denim, tan khakis.
  • Women’s clothing is more colorful than men’s clothing.  I always tell Moms to start with picking a color they like best for the girls, then put the guys in a more neutral color.  Super cute when Moms and daughters throw a splash of similar color with an accessory like a matching scarf or headband.  Here are some great combinations!

Fall Family Picture Outfit Ideas

There are recognizable markers that trigger the “fall feeling” in each of us. With the weather cooling down, the leaves changing, and a trip to the pumpkin patch in the near future, fall is full of inspiration you can use for your outfit choices. If you are taking your family photos during the fall season, incorporate seasonal earth tones, rich maroons or burnt oranges. Wear layers and have fun playing in the leaves. Use the following Fall color arrangements and styling tips to guide your clothing selections.

Fall outfits are all about the layers! Plus, wearing layers makes for a quick outfit change too.

Take advantage of the colorful fall leaves and let them inspire your outfit choices.

Use fall accessories to add texture to your photos. Think big scarves and stylish boots.

Plaid shirts are a popular clothing selection for fall family photos. Think about dressing a few of your members in this season appropriate pattern.

Check out these ideas on Pinterest!

Family Photo Ideas

Color Palette Ideas

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Philadelphia Portrait Photographer • Indoor Fall Mini Sessions

It’s Fall and its still 80 degrees!! 
 
So I have brought the outside inside to the studio. An autumnal scene with leaves and pumpkins.
 
Kids Only – Up to 2 Kids ($20 each additional) 
 
Saturday October 12th and Sunday October 13th
 

15 minute sessions 

$50 
 
Special fall discounted product & print pricing to order from, images and packages starting at $99 
 
Book today to reserve your desired time slot.
Special fall discounted product & print pricing to order from 
If you want to include the whole family, please call to book our regular fall family portraits, available Sunday through Saturday. brianjamesphotostudio@gmail.com
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Philadelphia High School Senior Portraits • Ambassadors Class of 2019

Brian James photo Studio is looking for Outgoing High School Seniors.

What is the Ambassador Program?
Ambassadors act as marketing reps for Brian James Photo Studios’ Senior Picture Department.
As an Ambassador, you will receive a free portrait session to be taken at either the photo studio or on location.

After your session, we’ll review your images and choose one for your Senior Ambassador modeling cards. 
Your Ambassador Cards are business card prints that include the image we’ve chosen, your name and Brian James Photo Studio contact information. Your job then will be to hand out to your friends who are Junior and Seniors. Additionally we’ll tag you with studio branded (watermarked) photos on Facebook and create a timeline image for your own Facebook.

It’s as simple as that. A free Senior photo and all you need to do is to tell your friends about how much fun and what a positive experience was. We want you to encourage them to choose Brian James Photo Studio for their Senior Portraits.

How are Ambassadors Chosen?
Senior Ambassadors are chosen based an application.

How do I start?
Please email us for an application. We are looking for someone outgoing, photogenic and active students willing to promote Brian James Photo Studio.

What do you get?
Your friends must mention your name when booking their session for you to get credit. We know you’re working hard for us and we want to reward hard work!!! As you accumulate referrals, you earn points!

Each referral is 50 Points which equals $50 in photography fees or prints…

  • A free initial studio session 30 min session
  • 50 Senior Ambassador cards with your picture and our contact info.
  • Facebook timeline and profile picture branded with our studio logo

Your duties are to:

  • Hand out your Senior Ambassador cards to current Juniors and Seniors.
  • LIKE us on Facebook and refer your friends to like our page.
  • Use your Facebook timeline and profile pictures
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Philadelphia Head Shot Photographer • So Many Head Shots! • Rochester Broadway Theater League’s Summer Stars 2018

The head shots are in and ready to order!!!!

So excited how these all turned out.  Please visit the link and you can purchase a digital file to print as many pictures as you like and use online for your head shots.

If you ordered and paid for a package you will have a separate link that you can choose one image to have retouched.

Summer Stars 2018 Head Shot Link

 

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Philadelphia Portrait and Event Photographer • Nest Chestnut Hill •Thanks for the memories!

In September of 2015, I was reading the Chestnut Hill Local and saw a new place space was opening in the neighborhood. I grabbed a few business cards and postcards and headed over.

I soon met the owner, Kara Hertzog at Nest, a play space that offers a variety of classes for children six weeks old to six years old. We became fast friends and a natural fit for my photography business.  I have had the pleasure of working with Kara and her team for the past few years.  It was an honor to be a part of the Nest team and so many families events at Nest. 

We will miss you and thanks for the opportunities and memories!

As a parting gift please visit the gallery and download or order your pics! 

Photo Gallery Link

Want actual prints?  Order them through  the SmugMug lab.

Stay in touch!

Brian

 

 

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The Parent Trip: Monica and Michael Kenyon of Lansdale

Monica and Michael Kenyon with daughter Addison.

THE PARENTS: Monica Kenyon, 28, and Michael Kenyon, 31, of Lansdale

 

THE CHILD: Addison Louise, born April 24, 2017

HOW THEY NAMED HER: Each devised lists of possibilities, then they cross-checked, narrowing the field until they agreed on a first name. “Louise” is Monica’s mother’s middle name.

Monica presented the gift as a Labor Day present.

 

 

 

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Now booking- Fall Family Portraits

 

It’s that time of year again!

September Through November 2017

Please call or email today as sessions will fill up quickly!

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Philadelphia, PA Newborn Baby Portrait Photography • Addison

Meet Addison!

At just two weeks old Addison was wide awake during her newborn session. First time parents Monica and Mike are naturals. Check out some of our favorites from her newborn session.

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The Parent Trip: Tia and Kevin Mathisen of Mt. Airy

Photos by BRIAN JAMES

Kevin and Tia Mathisen with Riley, Reece, and baby Mason.

THE PARENTS: Tia Mathisen, 33, and Kevin Mathisen, 37, of Mount Airy
THE KIDS: Reece Makenzie, 7; Riley Denise, 3; Mason Edward, born Dec. 22, 2016
“KEEPER”MOMENT FROM THEIR WEDDING: Dancing with Reece, then 3 weeks old, to the song “Isn’t She Lovely?”

 

Tia could see a glimmer of light on the next phase of the parent trip.

Reece, her oldest, was in kindergarten; Riley was potty-trained. Tia had taken up jogging and thought she might sign up for a race. Maybe she and Kevin could steal away to Las Vegas, stay in a luxe hotel, and see a magic show. Or she could take a mini-vacation to Hilton Head with her mom-pals, leaving the kids behind.

“I started to plan things for myself; I saw my life as a full life, not solely dedicated to mommy-hood,” she says. She’d even asked Kevin — “nicely, then not so nicely” — to get a vasectomy; he’d gone for a consultation, then balked after reading articles about the procedure.

In May, a drugstore test stick flagged a different kind of future.

“It felt like a dream died,” Tia says. “Like I had to put myself on hold again.”

Kevin made the vasectomy appointment and embraced the idea of a third child. “My level of acceptance came almost immediately,” he recalls. “I became excited, and I crossed my fingers for another girl.”

As a teen, even as a young adult, he hadn’t wanted children. “I was independent and didn’t really see family as being a fit for me.” But he knew he loved Tia practically from the moment they met, when he was a landlord showing her apartments in North Philadelphia.

He offered to help her move, then upped the ante by asking her out to dinner. “I was taken aback because he’s white and I’m black; I thought: Is this white guy crossing the racial barrier and asking me out on a date?” Tia recalls. “It was clear that he was interested in me, and I didn’t know what to do with that.”

Tia missed her family in Birmingham, Ala., and soon found kinship with Kevin’s parents and siblings in West Chester. “We meshed well as a family,” she says.

After one dramatic date — they joined an impassioned crowd to hear Houston mega-church preacher Joel Osteen at the Wells Fargo Center — Kevin said, “You know, tonight, when we were praying, I thought that you might be my wife.”

But before he had a chance to propose, Tia was pregnant. “I never had a thought of: Is this what we want?” she says. “I knew Kevin was a hard worker and that he valued family.”

The pregnancy was an easy float — no morning sickness, not even a swollen ankle — and the couple did their homework, driving from Wynnefield to prenatal yoga classes on South Street, hiring a doula, planning for a drug-free birth at Lankenau Medical Center. On the way there, with Tia’s mom in the car, they chorused that Black Eyed Peas tune: “I got a feeling … that tonight’s gonna be a good night.”

Instead, Tia gritted her way through a 14-hour labor. “I’d never had menstrual cramps, so I had no idea what to expect of a contraction. They knocked me off my feet. … But I remember when they put her on my chest. Unbelievable. Just a second ago, you weren’t here, and now … it took my breath away.”

The early days of parenting, like birth itself, were treacherous: Why was the baby crying? Why was she losing weight? Would Tia’s milk supply ever come in? “The best advice I got was: ‘It’s OK; you don’t know her, and she doesn’t know you. You’re going to get to know each other.’ ”

They wanted a second child, ideally two years behind the first. When conception didn’t happen quickly, they consulted a fertility specialist who advised patience, along with a procedure to clear Tia’s fallopian tubes. She was pregnant the next month.

Tia’s contractions began on Thanksgiving; she remembers seeking refuge in the shower, gripping the edge of the soap dish as each wave of pain swelled and subsided. By the time they drove to Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, with the “low fuel” light glowing, she was almost fully dilated. She pushed for 10 minutes: another wide-eyed girl kangarooed to her chest.

The third time around, friends and acquaintances assumed they were trying for a boy. “People can’t accept that a man and a woman could be happy with just their two girls,” Tia says. Nevertheless, when they sliced the cake — blue! — at a gender reveal party, her eyes filled with tears.

The pregnancy was easy; the effect on her older kids, harder. On a mommy/daughter trip to a Jersey amusement pier, Reece hopped on most of the rides by herself. “It made me sad. I could feel her leaving me faster because of this other baby that I had to make space for.”

Mason arrived a few days before Christmas, after a swift, induced labor. “I kept saying to the midwife, ‘I can’t do it; I’m not strong enough,’ and she said, ‘Yes, you can.’ And she was right.”

With three children, Tia has found, it’s harder to multitask; someone is always seeking her attention. It helps to take a Zen approach to the kids’ needs. “I’ll find myself asking, ‘Why are you so upset that they aren’t lying down right now?’ If I accept that they need an extra kiss tonight, it’s much easier than fighting that.”

Kevin agrees: “You can never prepare yourself for the level of attention kids need,” including the moment he walks in the door from work, when Riley typically charges him with a cry of “DADDY!” and Reece, already affecting a teen’s diffident attitude, sometimes follows suit. Mason might flash one of those moist, gummy grins.

And in the midst of each day’s juggle, in the thicket of exhaustion, Tia can see glimmers — not of freedom, but of fulfillment. “When I see Riley talking to Mason in baby talk, or when Reece says, ‘I just can’t stand it; I have to give him a kiss,’ that is great,” Tia says. “It does feel like this is our family; this is complete.”

http://www.philly.com/philly/living/Parent-Trip-Tia-and-Kevin-Mathisen-of-Mount-Airy.html?mobi=true

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